One person was killed and another injured in a bad accident caused by a tire blowout Wednesday in eastern Washington, according to the Washington State Patrol.
The incident occurred just after 4 p.m. on westbound Interstate 82, about a mile east of Sunnyside in Yakima County.
WSP says a tire on a GMC Jimmy SUV blew out. The driver overcorrected, causing the vehicle to roll. The SUV came to a stop on its top in the median of the highway.
The driver, a 33-year-old Olympia woman, was injured and taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. The passenger, a 34-year-old Montesano man, was taken to Astria Regional Medical Center in Yakima. He later died.
Accidents Caused by a Tire Blowout
A tire blowout is a situation in which a car’s tire loses air rapidly and explosively, causing the driver to lose control. When this happens, vehicles commonly roll over.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that more than 8,000 accidents every year are caused by tire blowouts.
You’ve probably heard about tires being recalled. These recalls have been linked to various defective designs that causes tread separation, a major cause of tire blowouts. Other common causes of blow outs include:
- Improper maintenance
- Overloaded trailer
- Poor road conditions
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